Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Works so hard to be inoffensive that you may well be offended.
  2. 38
    By the end, this movie's balancing act is the equivalent of network news' equal-time laws. The "fairness" becomes deadening.
  3. There’s nothing especially offensive about the actress (Hudson); if anything, it’s that lack of offense, her overwhelmingly benign vibe, that has become increasingly repugnant with every picture she puts out.
  4. Ms. Hudson makes the most of her role, even though that's not saying so very much -- the writing is terribly thin -- while John Corbett gives an unaccountably clumsy performance as a romantic pastor. Joan Cusack gets the funniest lines as Helen's sister, a model of boring mommyhood, but she also stops the movie dead in its tracks every time she plays a scene.
  5. It's a question of tone, which jumps back and forth between airy-fairy romantic comedy and leaden family drama with the alacrity of a manic-depressive.
  6. You are likely to encounter more surprises on the way to the bathroom each morning than you do in this film.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    30
    The picture flogs a fake dichotomy between career and family for 119 minutes until Hudson digests a feeble moral that Laverne and Shirley would have covered in 25.
  8. 25
    Despite Joan Cusack, whose comic spark earns the film its only star, Raising Helen is like tumbling into chick-flick hell.
  9. Great premise, but the ensuing trials and tribulations - not to mention hapless attempts at comedy - are as off-key as a karaoke scene in which Hudson sounds worse than any audition Simon Cowell has ever had to sit through.
  10. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    25
    This goopy dramedy is unfunny, mentally bankrupt and makes parenthood look like a terrifying death sentence.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. GarethC
    Dec 24, 2006
    0
    What a load of bollocks. God, this is a very bad movie. The script is sooo cheesy! Wake up Hollywood, this C-rate attempt at film making is in dire need of originality. Full Review »